Snow flurries possible Friday morning

Posted November 20, 2008
Updated November 21, 2008

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— Cold air will blast back in again early Friday, bringing a chance of snow flurries, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

Around the Triangle, temperatures rose into the mid-50s by noon Thursday, after starting in the low 30s with wind chills in the mid-20s.

The warm-up was a one-day wonder, however, Fishel said in his forecast. Increasing clouds overnight were expected to bring a chance of light snow after midnight.

A cold front will drop Friday's high temperatures back into the 40s and usher in winds between 10 and 20 mph. Combined with an upper-level disturbance, that means a small chance of flurries early in the day.

"Early tomorrow, up until about 9 o'clock or so, we could see some light snow flying around," Fishel said.

Light showers and a dusting on the ground are possible.

"This system is similar to the one that produced our flurries on Tuesday," Fishel said.

"It is a bit stronger and (we) have more accessible moisture, so the result could be a longer period of snow for some and perhaps a dusting in some grassy areas and elevated surfaces."

Record lows will be possible on Saturday, making the outlook bitter cold for the Raleigh Christmas parade. The morning will start out in the low 20s and get into the 30s during the parade.

Forecasters say winter in North Carolina could be wetter and colder than the past few seasons despite a Southern outlook for drier and warmer conditions.

A colder, wetter winter ahead

National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Orrock said Thursday that the state will likely see a decrease in global weather patterns that have made past winters warmer and drier.

Orrock said forecasters examined weather records for past years when conditions were similar to the start of this winter. He said that in those years, the temperatures were colder and there was more precipitation.

He said the last active winter was in 2004, when about 2 feet of snow fell in Asheboro.

The National Weather Service on Thursday released its annual national winter weather outlook for December through February.


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  • djcnty8 Nov 21, 2008

    I am loving some of this snow this morning! Does this mean we might have a white Christmas as well?

  • zanerx Nov 20, 2008

    moderatorsnightmare and commentor5 - you've reached your lifetime posting-the-same-thing-over-and-over quota.

  • kaykay12 Nov 20, 2008

    whoa now.. where is wral getting "Orrock said forecasters examined weather records for past years when conditions were similar to the start of this winter. He said in those years the temperatures were colder and there was more precipitation."
    when i just went to the site itself ( and it says:
    Southeast: Increased chance of above normal temperatures in the central and western parts, along with below-normal precipitation.

    just a bit confused here. this orrick guy apparently doesnt believe in what his colleges at NOAA are saying or wrals got it wrong.

  • Lovinlif Nov 20, 2008

    I absolutely LOVE North Carolina. I have lived here for 11 years and refuse to leave despite the economy. However, I must say, most people here are complete idiots where cold precipitation is involved. Believe it or not, 3 feet of snow is pretty easy to deal with. Your SUV may not make it to the store, but I'll bet your legs will if ya get hungry.

  • Hell-Raiser Nov 20, 2008

    Bring it on!!!!

  • lockinlady Nov 20, 2008

    Flurries!?! Run for your life!

  • GodBless Nov 20, 2008

    bbad...pppppfffffttttt :p

    I like snow any way I can get it...

  • bbad238 Nov 20, 2008

    It's only flurries, sure does get alot of attention here!

  • Scubagirl Nov 20, 2008

    I hate it when it snows. Sure it's pretty but then it gets ugly both on the ground and the highway cause people seem to check their brains when they put their keys in the ignition! Only supposed to be flurries tho' I think.
    At least I got my bread and milk today.